Bonnie Dao


Bonnie Dao
Biological Science
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA 92834



Ms. Bonnie Dao graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Anthropology and Science Education. She was awarded cum laude from the College of Letters and Sciences and Departmental Honors from the Department Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While at UCLA, she was Section Leader for the undergraduate Education course Academic Success in the Undergraduate Experience and an undergraduate assistant for the undergraduate Life Science Core course Introduction to Laboratory & Scientific Methodology. She also co-led the peer workshop Alternatives to Medical School for UCLA Academics in the Commons and the UCLA Career Center. Ms. Dao completed three quarter-long internships through the UCLA California Teach program at University High School in Los Angeles, CA, Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA, and UCLA Lab School in Los Angeles, CA. She also volunteered as a tutor and mentor at Castelar Elementary School for three year through the UCLA Asian American Tutorial Project (AATP).

From May through December of 2014, Ms. Dao served as a research assistant to Dr. Daniel M.T. Fessler in the UCLA Department of Anthropology. She worked on a variety of projects researching human behavior from an evolutionary perspective.

In the summer of 2015, Ms. Dao conducted research under the guidance of Dr. Nikolas Nikolaidis as a part of the HHMI High School Summer Research Experience. The lab studied the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms on heat shock proteins.

Currently, Ms. Dao is working on her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biology at California State University, Fullerton. She will continue her student teaching at Anaheim High School in Fall 2015 and would like to foster an interest in biology within her students. She plans on completing her credential program in December 2015.